By Letter to the Editor on June 14, 2018.
Gerald Morton’s letter of June 6, titled “Lethbridge is just being a caring city,” confused me as to its purpose but I did gain from it a sense of where priorities lie. There’s no axe to grind nor desire to engage in a contest with that writer but for the record, here’s something to chew on.
Foremost, I do not nor will I ever support criminal activities! I don’t care what level of authority, riding roughshod over this jurisdiction, claims is working, or how much they instruct us, as residents, that we need endure in the name of compassion, etc. I absolutely abhor the obscene sums of money pouring into apologizing, medicating and adjudicating crime when the resources are not improving lives of those receiving current outrageous taxpayer largesse.
Life will go on “despite or because of” my “ideas.” Fair enough! But I’d like to inform you, sir, just for the record, what my “city strong and resourceful” looks like! Mine spends just a small portion of the millions upon millions flowing into legalized criminal activities in Lethbridge to gravel or pave that useless tract of land in front of the water building on the university campus so students have someplace to park (free) while being educated!
My “strong and resourceful” city funds playground equipment, field trips, etc., for kids so they never again have to peddle chocolate-covered nuts door to door to fund this stuff. And finally, sir, my city would become the first in this country (rapidly going to drug hell) to truly help those less fortunate, by turning free-consumption playgrounds and jails coast to coast into learning institutions where we help people who have fallen through the cracks, educate them, elevating them to proudness, far from their perilous lives and bare dependent existences.
My version of a compassionate community finds a new path to develop every sad soul among us into healthy, loving, loved, productive human beings! This, sir, in brief, is my “bridge-building” version of a loving, “thoughtful,” “caring,” “compassionate” and “understanding” city.
Alvin W. Shier
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